Veteran support bill passes the Senate

I’m pleased to report that one of my bills has already been passed unanimously by the full Senate and is now being considered by the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 5970 is a measure that would allow military men and women to qualify for civilian licenses if they meet certain requirements. Too many soldiers with outstanding skills and abilities are having to start at square one after reentering the civilian workforce.

We have a duty to support our military men and women who bravely serve us. Many of them are transitioning into civilian life. As you know, I have two sons serving at JBLM and I know first-hand how much our soldiers have to offer our community. I want our service men and women to choose to live here.

Another measure I’ve introduced would make it easier for veterans to get an education and start their civilian careers. Senate Bill 5969 would require Washington’s colleges and universities to award academic credit to service members based on training they received in the military. That bill has made it through the committee process and is awaiting a vote of the full Senate, as is Senate Bill 6084, my property tax exemption for service-connected disabled vets and senior citizens.

I’m going to be on The Military Report with Rick Tillman tomorrow at 11 a.m. to talk about these bills and other veteran and military matters. Tune your radios to KLAY 1180 AM to hear the latest.